Purple Heart Chapter in Panhandle Welcomes Women

By: AP
By: AP

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) --

The composition of Purple Heart recipients gathering in the Panhandle is a little different these days.

Along with the World War II, Vietnam and Korea veterans -- all
male -- are two Iraq War veterans, at least 20 years younger and
female.

Vietnam veteran Sam Houston is commander of the Niceville
chapter of the Military order of the Purple Heart. He says he hopes
to reach out to more "young warriors" who are coming home and
facing problems familiar to the older generation.

The exchange cuts both ways. One of the women, 24-year-old
Jannette Gonzalez Meireles, says she hopes to get the group on
Facebook.


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